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Why do alcoholics have a tendency to be overweight?

Why do alcoholics have a tendency to be overweight?

Not sure they do: The majority of chronic alcoholics are actually underweight. Alcoholics who drink mostly beer (a minority) are getting a large number of calories just from the beer and alcohol, so often are overweight. Alcohol itself has almost as many calories per gram (8) as does fat (9), so people drinking a liter of vodka are taking in 1000svof cals. Just from the alcohol. Heavy drinkers also overeat. ...Read more

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Overweight (Definition)

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What is the percentage of a fatty liver turning into cirrosis. Am 34. Non alcoholic. A bit overweight and got fatty liver since 8 yrs. Pcp said 1 %?

What is the percentage of a fatty liver turning into cirrosis. Am 34. Non alcoholic. A bit overweight and got fatty liver since 8 yrs. Pcp said 1 %?

Unlikely: To develop cirrhosis. Fatty liver is endemic in our society and directly related to the obesity epidemic in america. A fatty liver in and of itself without symptoms causes no significant problem. I would stop worrying about some unlikely disease process and investigate weight loss options. ...Read more

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My husband is not alcoholic. Few month ago he took cholestrol medicine .He is over weight. His sgot and sgpt incresed. What can I do for lowering it?

My husband is not alcoholic. Few month ago he took cholestrol medicine .He is over weight. His sgot and sgpt incresed. What can I do for lowering it?

Obesity related: I trust that hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hemochromatosis, wilson's, autoimmune hepatitis, and sensitivity to some medicine isn't the cause, and that he does not have statin myopathy. The metabolic syndrome itself can raise SGOT / sgpt. Perhaps you can make family fitness and healthy eating a priority and help him regain his health. ...Read more

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When i sit in fixed postion like cross leg sitting for long time i get numbness?And I have tendency to have varicous vein by genatic ? And overwight

When i sit  in fixed postion like cross leg sitting for long time i get numbness?And I have tendency to have varicous vein by genatic ? And overwight

Circulation: The numbness if from circulation being blocked and is consistent with the varicose veins. Being overweight makes both conditions worse. You should try to avoid siting with your legs crossed, and consider wearing support hose. Exercise will help improve the circulation and to get to normal weight. ...Read more

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I'm 50 and 40 lb overweight?

I'm 50 and 40 lb overweight?

Change your life: At the most basic level dieting takes no time or money. You can choose to eat less. I am sure you are busy, we all are. Do you have anything more important than your life? We each have 24 hours per day. Find a way to demand that you have earned the right to spend 1 of those hours each day to keep you alive. Would a check for $1million convince you? Would a funeral convince you? What will it take? ...Read more

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What makes one an alcoholic?

Its causes problems: Alcoholic is actually not a medical term, however people in aa call themselves alcoholics because for some reason or another alcohol causes problems in their life, health, relationships, legal trouble. Maybe they were just done having it rule their lives, it kept them stuck, from realizing their dreams, maybe they were robbed of their mind, body and spirit. Unfortunately some never see this. ...Read more

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Alcoholic dimentia symptoms ?

Alcoholic dimentia symptoms
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Confabulate: One of the manifestations is korsakoff psychosis, characterized by confabulation. ...Read more

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Could i be overweight but not fat?

Yes: You might appear "overweight" by some weight standards but it could be related to large muscle mass. ...Read more

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Is being 10lbs overweight healthy?

Is being 10lbs overweight healthy?

Healthy vs risk...: Unfortunately being over weight is actually more common than normal wt these days. As long as you are active, eat a healthy/balanced diet, exercise regularly, don't smoke, and don't drink to excess, you are better off overweight than normal wt and don't do the above. Also, if you have big frame, 10lbs may not make u overweight. Stay healthy. It is a lifelong commitment, but so worth it. Good luck. ...Read more

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How could you define an alcoholic?

How could you define an alcoholic?

Alcoholism: An alcoholic is a man or a woman who suffers from alcoholism - they have a distinct physical desire to consume alcohol beyond their capacity to control it, regardless of all rules of common sense. Signs of alcoholism are drinking alone, drinking in secret. Not being able to limit alcohol. Blacking out. Trouble with the law, relationships or work due to drinking ...Read more

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I am 5'6 and 192 lbs-am I overweight?

I am 5'6 and 192 lbs-am I overweight?

Yes, by BMI.: Granted, the BMI is a flawed governmental indicator that does not take body composition into account, but at your height and weight, your BMI of 31 would put you into the "obese" category. You should make some efforts to lose weight, as obesity does put you at risk for weight-related health concerns. ...Read more

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What causes a person to get alcoholic?

What causes a person to get alcoholic?

Alcoholism is a: progressive condition that starts out as novel drinking, then habitual drinking, then compulsive drinking. It can be chronic or binge in nature and can take weeks or years to develop this pattern. Some say its a bad habit (Rational Recovery) while others say its a disease (Alcoholics Anonymous). Go to a psychologist or perhaps an AA meeting for more information. ...Read more

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How to know is someone is an alcoholic?

How to know is someone is an alcoholic?

Depends: Some people with alcoholism are almost always intoxicated, lose family and friends, can't hold a job, and have every area of their life ruined by their drinking. Other people are very skilled at hiding it, drink alone and can still maintain work and family, but usually it catches up to them. It is less a matter of how much or how often people drink than what bad things alcohol does in their lives ...Read more

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Can you be fired for being an alcoholic?

Can you be fired for being an alcoholic?

Good question: Can you be fired for having a disease. They answer would be no, you can't, that discrimination. Can you be fired for your behavior, absolutely. Alcoholism is a disease, yet many alcoholics have done horrific things, they have killed people while driving drunk, there are consequences for this. Having alcoholism explains a lot of bad behavior, however it does not excuse it. ...Read more

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I am 5'1 and 115 lbs. Is that overweight?

I am 5'1 and 115 lbs. Is that overweight?

BMI = about 22 kg/m2: Ur BMI (weight in kg divided by body surface area, depends on ht) is ~22 kg/m^2. A BMI b/w 20 to 25 kg/m^2 generally is ideal, so u r not overweight (u r probably near ideal weight). However, other factors go into this calc. Are u dieting? purging? What is ur baseline wt? And what about ur waist-to-hip (circumferences) ratio? These cd help u answer ur question. Talk 2 ur doctor w/ these answers. ...Read more

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How would you know if you are overweight?

How would you know if you are overweight?

BMI is a crude guide: The bmi formula, english units, is (wt in lbs) x 703รท(ht in inches), see: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/body_mass_index. Optimal just below 20 to ~25 bmi range. However, if very muscular, bmi overestimates body fat. The bigger issue, healthwise, is body fat, which is driven by low-fat diet/foods (carb/sugar is rapidly converted to triglyceride fats, by liver ; stored). See nusi.Org, fatchance.Html. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of being overweight?

What are the symptoms of being overweight?

Many: Overweight is a classification based on what is considered healthy body weight. A bmi > 25 (while it has flaws) is calculated based on your height and weight. There are many social, emotional, and physical effects of being overweight including increased risk for high blood pressure, coronary problems, diabetes, stroke, joint pain, depression, stress, low self-esteem, and stigma to name a few. ...Read more

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How to determine if someone is an alcoholic?

Behavior: This biggest clue to a potential drinking problem is does the person continue to use despite negative consequences. Harm to their physical, mental or emotional health, or causing problems with work, at home, with other people. Then the denial that goes along with this; not seeing these as a problem from drinking. Defensive about their drinking, blame others for drinking. Can't stop at one drink. ...Read more

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Which percentage of Americans are overweight?

Which percentage of Americans are overweight?

Bad News !!!!!: See http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/Pages/overweight-obesity-statistics.aspx 74% of American men are overweight & 68% of American adults are obese or overweight. EGAD !!! ...Read more